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Congress passes the Great American Outdoors Act, President Trump praises the ‘historic bill’

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner was one of the lawmakers to introduce the Great American Outdoors Act.  Photo courtesy Sen. Gardner's office.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner was one of the lawmakers to introduce the Great American Outdoors Act. Photo courtesy Sen. Gardner's office.(Sen. Cory Gardner's office)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 4:59 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A bipartisan bill is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature that would spend about $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands.

The U.S. House gave approval to the Great American Outdoors Act on Wednesday by a vote of 310 to 107. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

“By fixing and repairing our public lands and National Parks, we not only have the chance to improve the roads, hiking trails, campsites, and visitor centers for generations to enjoy but also to create thousands of job opportunities in Colorado and across the nation at a time when our country needs them most,” Gardner said. “The LWCF not only provides funding to support and protect public lands, but it also dedicates 40 percent of its funding to state and local communities for things like city parks and ballfields, which allows people everywhere to enjoy the great outdoors. I’m proud to have worked with my Democratic colleague Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia to usher this bill through Congress, I applaud the House of Representatives for taking quick action on this historic legislation, and I look forward to the President signing this bill into law.”

The bill would spend about $900 million a year on land and water conservation and $1.9 billion on parks and other lands. According to Gardner, the act will bring more than 100,000 jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in Colorado.

Prior to the bill passing, the president tweeted the following:

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